Shimano festival Guangzhou 20 – 21 April
Only a week after my first race, I am ready for another 2 days event. This time I’m in tropical Guangzhou. The venue was within the Guangzhou University campus, which is on an island in the waters of the Pearl river.
The event was sponsored by Shimano and consisted in 10 races of all kinds over 2 days. I raced the Man Elite road race on Saturday and the Man Elite MTB race on Sunday. The road course was 60 km on a 4 km circuit. After 10 laps my team mate, who is an expert sprinter asked me to break away to make everyone tired chasing me. I attaked on the only climb in the course and got about 15 sec, after a lap alone at the front, the peloton caught me and my team mate Adrian attacked with other 10 riders. He finished 2nd in the final sprint. Good job!
After a 1.5 hrs race on the road I felt suprisingly strong and ready for the mtb race. The heavy rain over the night had made the 4 km course pretty muddy and slippery. The course was a 4km loop to be ridden 6 times, generally flat with a few steep power climbs. After a huge dinner with my team mates, the managers and the mechanics it was time to jia you!Off the line I got a really bad start, getting in the first narrow singletrack in 10th place. After 3 laps I got back in 6th position but on the very last steep descnt I fell badly falling back by one position.
In just one week I already feel much stronger and I’m looking forward to getting in some serious training for my upcoming races.